Tuesday, June 26, 2012

How a Microwave Oven Works

Friends discover three quarters of a TON of Iron Age coins

After hunting for buried treasure for three decades – and not finding a great deal – even the most diligent of us might have given up.

But not Reg Mead and Richard Miles. The two amateur metal detectors kept up their search of the same area throughout the decades and have finally struck gold – or rather silver.

This I Do Not Like!

Wedding Party Falls into Lake

Starry Night - Vincent van Dominogh

How To Check Your Eggs

Monday, June 25, 2012

Japanese publisher prints horror novel on toilet roll

Horror writer Koji Suzuki has teamed up with a Japanese paper manufacturer to have his latest stomach-churning novella published in a very convenient form - on toilet paper.

Now It's Personal!

So it starts with the systematic failure of my sprinkler zones.  First Zone 7 goes offline.  I called the yard guys on Saturday to let them know I think the solenoid might have gone bad.  Then Zone 4 goes out.  Now this one immediately gets my attention because it is supposed to water the brand new monster tree.  Another call goes out.

Danny shows up and starts the hunt for what is causing the failure. Bad ground? Nope.  Solenoid?  Nope.  Wire loose in the control box? Nope.  Each time he goes in or out of the garage he notices a messed up spot in the grass right where the all of the control wires leave the house from the timer box.  Then it dawns on him: A ground squirrel (Whistle Pig) has eaten through the wires that control the entire yard!  And I know why.

3 weeks ago we had to replace the pool cover.  Due to a bad measurement the one we received was too big.  The meant that the pool was uncovered for almost 2 weeks while we waited for the replacement cover and install.  During this time the pool claimed the lives of no less that 60 Whistle Pigs.  How may you wonder?  Drowning.

They come to the edge and then fall in, poor eyesight I would guess.  The sides are straight up and down composed of smooth tile.  No way out.

So in retaliation for what they consider an attack on their very existence an assassin was sent to sabotage the sprinkler system!

We are attempting to repair the damage and get the yard going again.  If they want war, they found it!  Don't blame me for NOT wearing your glasses when you leave your nest!

The Whistle Pig Assassin Is Made An Example Of!

Alright. Not Really.

"The test was performed with a box of camp waste (largely food rests) in a bin bag. Estimated weight 30kg, Size 60x60x60cm. Fall height, about 80m. The lake reacts with violent lava fountaining activity, presumably in part due to steam produced from the organic matter."

That's what happens if a box of garbage falls into a volcano lake

And Not Far From The Tank Practice Range I Noticed THIS!

Note: Spur off of the main railway line.

I'm thinking ammunition dump for tank rounds.

Looks like there could be some dangerous stuff in there.  Stuff that goes BOOM!

This one is a tank processing depot.

Long rail runs for unloading tanks from train cars.

Drive the tanks right off of the end of the train cars.

Wash them and test them.

Store them.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Big Booms All Day Sunday!

There was a lot of action at the tank range this Sunday!  All day very low guttural  booms rolled across the high desert.  The house would shake and you'd feel the thud in your chest, from 14 miles away!  I heard easily 700 shots fired throughout the day.

14 Miles Away!

The tank test range.

Targets riding train tracks.

A closeup of the rail target system.

The tanks roll up to these positions and many others to try and hit the targets.

What it sounds like from the house.